The Duquesne Dukes are on a bit of a roll in recruiting as they received their third recruit in the past week.
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Former Indiana State center Tre Williams (6-foot-7, 250 pounds) announced Saturday evening that he’s decided to transfer to play for Keith Dambrot and Duquesne.
”I just liked the way Duquesne plays and the relationship that they were able to build with me,” Williams told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “They were the first D-1 school to reach out to me after I entered the transfer portal. That really stood out to me plus I just loved the vibe I got from Coach Dambrot. I just trust them with helping me get to the next level with basketball.”
”When Coach started recruiting me, he told me that they’re going to play their big guys and just the confidence he had that Duquesne would be able to make the NCAA Tournament from the Atlantic 10 conference.”
Last season, the sophomore center from Reynoldsburg, Ohio averaged nine points and six rebounds per game and shot 53.2% from the field in 30.5 minutes per game. Those numbers could’ve higher as the Indiana State offense struggled at times finding a way to get Williams the ball in the post.
”Duquesne is also telling me how they want to help expand my game,” said Williams. “I can be more useful from the perimeter plus use me to dribble drive from the top of key.”
As a freshman, Williams averaged 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds, while shooting 54.7% from the field.
Williams was one of a few players that decided to transfer from the Indiana program following the firing of head Greg Lansing.
The addition of Williams to the Duquesne roster comes after starting center Mike Hughes announced that he will be looking to play professionally next season. Williams will be able to provide the Dukes experience and an inside presence to their front court, along with being an excellent defensive player. His skillset and strengths will remind Duquesne fans of Marcus Weathers.
Along with his on the court skills, Williams was an All-Academic player and is viewed as someone with high character. Despite this trio of additions, Duquesne isn’t finished adding to the roster as they look to still add a veteran point guard as well as more help to the front court.
”After evaluating everything, Duquesne was definitely the best option for me and the best opportunity for me to be successful along with us being successful as a team as well.”